Ever since I’d read Life with a Sprinkle of Glitter (my review for that can be found here) I felt like I needed to write this blog post. I feel like more and more YouTubers are writing books now and I think it’s absolutely ridiculous. I wouldn’t mind it so much if the books they were writing were different, or actually had some sort of purpose to them, but I get the feeling like they are writing a book just because they can. And that bugs me.
In 2015 there will have been 35 books published by YouTubers. Thirty-Five. That is insane. Is it a coincidence? I think not! One of the books is even titled “They Let me Write a Book!” by Jamie Currie (from Jamie’s World). What does that tell you? Why do you think they let her write a book? Because she is an amazing writer? Or because she has 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube and 10 million likes on Facebook?
It is a marketing ploy. Publishers know these YouTubers are successful and have huge followings, (mainly built up of young teenage girls, stereotypical yes but fact) and therefore, money. It’s all they care about to be honest and it’s plainly obvious.
Now, I haven’t read all of these books (and I most likely won’t), but is the content even worth reading? Out of those 35 books being published this year, 7 are fiction books, 1 I don’t even know what category it would go in maybe DIY?, 1 is a graphic novel/comic book, 8 are self-help and 18 autobiographies/memoirs.
Now, I like these YouTubers and actually watch their videos and enjoy them. But what makes them qualified to write self-help books or autobiographies? I get they are YouTube famous but I just don’t see the appeal of reading about their lives or how they got where they are now. It just seems fake to me. Especially considering the amount of autobiographies there are, it seems that’s the “go-to” for YouTubers, so go Joe Sugg for mixing it up a bit with his Graphic novel (even though I won’t be reading it), or even those people who wrote fiction books (the one’s that actually wrote them though).
I just think that it is really unfair for those people, who dream of getting published, who may be amazing writers (who actually write their own books), but because the publishing companies can’t guarantee sales they don’t buy it. So I guess if you want to publish a book, you better start a YouTube channel and hope it becomes successful. Maybe buy some of those self-help books and take some notes.
So what do you think about all of these YouTube books? Yay or nay?
P.S. Thanks for the title Kerrod :P
P.P.S Thanks for the other 20,000 runners up Nicky
P.P.P.S Thanks for the input Dad
P.P.P.P.S Thanks for trying Mum... oh wait "you got nothing" :P
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